Symptoms of colic pain in infants include intense crying, flushed face, clenched fists, tight abdominal muscles, irregular sleep, feeding interrupted by crying, flatulence during crying and varying intensities of these symptoms, according to Medical News Today. Fits of crying typically begin suddenly after feeding and can last from one to four hours. MedicineNet.com states overfeeding, undiluted juices, food allergies and emotional stress may aggravate colic.
Treatment for colic varies, according to WebMD. A pediatrician may recommend changing dairy milk formulas, changing to soy milk formula, trying a hypoallergenic baby milk, avoiding certain foods for breastfeeding mothers, changing the types of nipples on baby bottles, and keeping the baby upright after feeding. WebMD states parents should try one of these methods at a time and then try another tactic after a few days if one alteration does not work.
Nearly one-fourth of all babies have infantile colic. The condition starts between 2 to 3 weeks of age, peaks at about 2 months of age, and then completely disappears around 4 months of age, according to MedicineNet.com. For 25 percent of all babies diagnosed with colic, no discernible cause is found. Medical News Today suggests that indigestion and flatulence are the most common causes of colic since the symptoms seem to revolve around abdominal pain.